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U.S. Women Leading FIVB World Cup

Nov. 07, 2011, 11:48 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

U.S. Women's Press Kit for FIVB World Cup
U.S. Women's Event Page for World Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is atop the FIVB World Cup standings through the first round of the 12-team, round robin event being held in Japan.

The U.S., ranked second in the world by the FIVB, defeated No. 1 Brazil, No. 5 Serbia and No. 13 Korea in the first round held at Nagano, Japan. For the second time in two meetings, the U.S. defeated Brazil to open the World Cup in a match many fans are accustomed to seeing on the final day of a tournament such as the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix gold-medal contest in which Team USA won in three sets. The Americans topped Serbia, the bronze medalists at the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix, on the second day of the World Cup and was too much for Korea to conclude the first round.

Following a travel day Monday to Toyama for the second round, the U.S. faces African champion Kenya (11th place, 0-3, 0 points) on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. local time (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 7) and European runner-up Germany (3rd place, 2-1, 6 points) on Nov. 9 at 6:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. PT).

“We are very happy with the start of our tournament,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “Tomorrow, we play Kenya, who we have not played yet in this quadrennial, so we’ll see how things go and hopefully our team will continue to improve as we have done in the first three matches.”

The FIVB World Cup is a 12-team field competing in a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Nov. 18 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Women’s tournament event page at

Team USA has earned the maximum nine standings points through the first three matches, one point more than second-place Italy (3-0). Five teams are 2-1 with six points through three days, including Germany, Brazil, China, Serbia and Argentina ranked in that order. Japan is in eighth place with four points and a 1-2 record, while Dominican Republic is 1-2 with three points for ninth place. Algeria, Kenya and Korea are 0-3 with zero points.

Kenya, making its fourth appearance in the World Cup, has opened the 2011 edition with straight set losses to Germany and Brazil, followed by a four-set loss to Serbia. In the process, the team has been out-scored 227 to 155 in three matches. Meanwhile, Germany opened the World Cup with sweeps over Kenya and Korea before falling to Brazil in four sets. The Germans hold a 1.263 point ratio (240 to 190) in the first three matches. Germany is making its third overall appearance in the FIVB World Cup, including once under the East Germany flag.

Team USA opposite Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is the third leading scorer in the tournament with 51 points (42 kills, 4 blocks, 5 aces) while ranking seventh in Best Spiker with a 44.7 kill percent and Best Server with a 0.50 service ace average per set. Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Neb.) are tied for 13th in scoring with 37 points. Akinradewo is atop the Best Blocker category with 12 blocks and a 1.20 block average to go with 22 kills and three aces. Larson, who has contributed 30 kills, five blocks and two aces in offense, ranks fifth in Best Receiver with a 61.8 serve receive efficiency percent.

Setter Lindsey Berg is ranked third in Best Setter with an 11.40 assist average. Libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) holds a 64.2 serve receive efficiency percent to rank third in Best Receiver and has averaged 2.90 digs per set for seventh place in Best Digger. Overall, Davis is ranked fifth in Best Libero with a 6.40 excellent average of digs and serve receives per set. Middle blocker Heather Bown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) ranks eighth in Best Blocker with a 0.60 block average.

In team statistics, the U.S. has converted 45.0 percent of its attacks into points for third best in the tournament. On defense, Team USA averages a tournament-leading 3.50 blocks per set. The Americans hold a 58.1 serve receive efficiency for third-best in the tournament. For the tournament, the U.S. has outscored its first three opponents 246 to 187 and has dropped just one set to Brazil.

Additional information on the U.S. Women’s National Team can be found in its FIVB World Cup press kit by clicking here.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Cup
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
2 - Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 - Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
14 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
19 - Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer/Medical Support: Jill Wosmek (Silver Lake, Minn.)
Team Doctors: Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill and Dr. William Briner, Jr.
Scouts: Guiseppe Vinci, Jenni Hirneisen
Nutritionist: Shawn Dolan
Chiropractor: Dustin Glass
Team Manager: Ken Sullivan (Laguna Beach, Calif.)

FIVB World Cup Standings
Team – Record – Points
USA – 3-0 – 9 points
Italy – 3-0 – 8 points
Germany – 2-1 – 6 points
Brazil – 2-1 – 6 points
China – 2-1 – 6 points
Serbia – 2-1 – 6 points
Argentina – 2-1 – 6 points
Japan – 1-2 – 4 points
Dominican Republic – 1-2 – 3 points
Algeria – 0-3 – 0 points
Kenya – 0-3 – 0 points
Korea – 0-3 – 0 points
POINTS NOTE: 3 points for 3-0 or 3-1 win, 2 points for 3-2 win; 1 point for 3-2 loss; 0 points for 3-0 or 3-1 loss

FIVB Women’s World Cup Schedule

First Round Site A (at Hiroshima Sun Plaza)
Nov. 4: China def. Algeria 25-13, 25-14, 25-19
Nov. 4: Argentina def. Dominican Republic 18-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22
Nov. 4: Italy def. Japan 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15
Nov. 5: Dominican Republic def. Algeria 25-7, 25-15, 25-20
Nov. 5: Italy def. China 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12
Nov. 5: Japan def. Argentina 25-19, 25-11, 25-20
Nov. 6: Italy def. Dominican Republic 28-26, 25-13, 25-12
Nov. 6: Argentina def. Algeria 25-18, 25-12, 20-25, 25-16
Nov. 6: China def. Japan 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13

First Round Site B (at Nagano White Ring)
Nov. 4: Serbia def. Korea 27-25, 25-22, 25-22
Nov. 4: Germany def. Kenya 25-19, 25-14, 25-8
Nov. 4: USA def. Brazil 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19
Nov. 5: Germany def. Korea 25-20, 25-16, 25-15
Nov. 5: USA def. Serbia 25-16, 27-25, 25-20
Nov. 5: Brazil def. Kenya 25-15, 25-16, 25-9
Nov. 6: Serbia def. Kenya 19-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-11
Nov. 6: Brazil def. Germany 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21
Nov. 6: USA def. Korea 25-10, 25-12, 25-13

Second Round Site A (at Hiroshima Sun Plaza)
Nov. 8: China vs. Dominican Republic, 11 a.m.
Nov. 8: Italy vs. Argentina, 3 p.m.
Nov. 8: Japan vs. Algeria, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 9: Argentina vs. China, 11 a.m.
Nov. 9: Algeria vs. Italy, 3 p.m.
Nov. 9: Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 6:20 p.m.

Second Round Site B (at Toyama City Gymnasium)
Nov. 8: USA vs. Kenya, 11 a.m. (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 7)
Nov. 8: Korea vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 8: Serbia vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 9: Kenya vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 9: Brazil vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
Nov. 9: USA vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)

Third Round Site A (Sapporo Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center)
Nov. 11: Italy vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11: China vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: Japan vs. Serbia, 7:20 p.m.
Nov. 12: Italy vs. Brazil, 11 a.m.
Nov. 12: China vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.
Nov. 12: Japan vs. Korea, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 13: Italy vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 13: China vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: Japan vs. Brazil, 6:20 p.m.

Third Round Site B (at Okayama Momotaro Arena)
Nov. 11: Dominican Republic vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11: Algeria vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: USA vs. Argentina, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Nov. 12: Dominican Republic vs. Germany, 11 a.m.
Nov. 12: Argentina vs. Kenya, 3 p.m.
Nov. 12: USA vs. Algeria, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)
Nov. 13: Argentina vs. Germany, 11 a.m.
Nov. 13: Algeria vs. Kenya, 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)

Fourth Round Site A (at Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium)
Nov. 16: USA vs. China, 11 a.m. (6 p.m. PT on Nov. 15)
Nov. 16: Italy vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 16: Japan vs. Kenya, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 17: China vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 17: USA vs. Italy, 3 p.m. (10 p.m. PT on Nov. 16)
Nov. 17: Japan vs. Germany, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 18: Italy vs. Kenya, 11 a.m.
Nov. 18: China vs. Germany, 3 p.m.
Nov. 18: USA vs. Japan, 6:20 p.m. (1:20 a.m. PT)

Fourth Round Site B (at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium)
Nov. 16: Dominican Republic vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 16: Algeria vs. Korea, 3 p.m.
Nov. 16: Argentina vs. Brazil, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 17: Dominican Republic vs. Korea, 11 a.m.
Nov. 17: Algeria vs. Brazil, 3 p.m.
Nov. 17: Argentina vs. Serbia, 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 18: Algeria vs. Serbia, 11 a.m.
Nov. 18: Dominican Republic vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
Nov. 18: Argentina vs. Korea, 5 p.m.